The View From 1776
Friday, April 04, 2008
Herbert Hoover McCain?
Senator Clinton and the Los Angeles Times need to get their facts straight before making ignorant pronouncements.
The Los Angeles Times Blog recently reported:
In the very first words she uttered reacting to John McCain’s speech on the housing market crisis Tuesday, Hillary Clinton evinced part of her appeal to older voters: her frame of reference is theirs.
“It sounds remarkably like Herbert Hoover,” Clinton said of McCain’s assertion that he is not inclined—and probably never will be—to embrace aggressive, sweeping government efforts to confront the problem of rising home foreclosures.
Specifically, McCain opined that “it is not the duty of government to bail out and reward those who act irresponsibly, whether they are big banks or small borrowers.”
By mentioning Hoover, whose tepid response to the Great Depression helped keep the White House in Democratic hands for 20 straight years after he was bounced from office in the 1932 election, Clinton invoked what once was a can’t-miss applause line among Democrats.
What are the facts, fully detailed and documented by commentators writing at the time?
President Herbert Hoover was a leading exponent of socialist-progressivism in government, despite his characterization by liberal historians as a laissez-faire conservative.